The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will look to extend their winning streak tonight as they welcome the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to town.
Andrew Harris comes in as the hottest Bomber, rushing for 100+ yards in three of his last four games. Which earned him not only a CFL Performer of the Week last month but CFL Top Performer for the entire month.
The last time the Blue & Gold hooked up with Hamilton, Harris was relatively quiet with just 66 rushing yards... but he's got a lot of mojo heading into this game with his recent performances.
"I mean the confidence starts with the O-Line, they're the guys that block for me," said Harris. "It's not just me though, we have a few guys that can run the ball for success. Coach Lapolice has been doing a fantastic job giving us the opportunities, and we're just trying to make the most of it. Everyone else, including myself just hope to keep it going this week."
Not only is the Bombers offence rolling, but their defence is doing a pretty good job as well. In the last four games, they've allowed 20 or fewer points... and as result, they've won three of those games.
"It really just starts and comes down to execution," said Adam Bighill, Star Linebacker for the Bombers. "And, we're just starting to get more chemistry with some of the guys. It's all about playing fast, and executing your assignments... but the chemistry part is definitely helping us out a lot right now."
The Blue Bombers lead the entire CFL in points for... but the Tiger-Cats have shown they can put up points in bunches, which includes last week's 50-11 mauling over the Alouettes. If the Bombers want to have any success tonight against Jeremiah Masoli who's been ripping it up this season, the Bombers will need to once again step it up defensively.
The last time the team's hooked up, Hamilton scored 31 points in a 31-17 win.
"I mean we weren't happy with how the last game went, but you have to give credit to them... they played a good game," added Bighill. "It's just about going out there and doing the same things we've been doing for the past couple weeks. We can play a fast game, so we plan on doing that and executing, and if we do that... we should be good."
The Return of Westerman:
Jamaal Westerman played 47 games for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2015-17 and had 118 tackles while doing so. He'll be back in Winnipeg tonight, but not playing for the Bombers as he plays his fourth game for the Ti-Cats.
"I'm excited to come back to Winnipeg for sure," said Westerman. "I spent my first three seasons with the Bombers, and I have a lot of respect and good things to say about the organization and city."
Those good words are echoed as the two teams get set to battle this evening.
"Both teams are pretty good," he added. "You look at their offence, and they have really two quarterbacks that can get it done... and like two or three running backs that can get it done. It's going to be an exciting game, and I can't wait to play."
Just like Dauphin, the weather in Winnipeg for tonight's game is expected to be scorching with temperatures to reach 35 with the humidex and the UV index will be eight or very high.
"It's just about making sure we're all prepared," said Bighill. "Of course you have to make sure you stay hydrated and things like that. I mean I personally like hotter games because your muscles stay looser, and you just feel better."
The Bombers are 2-1 on home field this season, while Hamilton is 2-2 on the road. But, Hamilton owned the last couple meetings with the Blue & Gold winning by scores of 31-17, and 30-13.
Speaking about Masoli, he's thrown for at least 300 yards in 11 of his last 12 games.
Another Ti-Cat that comes in red-hot is Brandon Banks. He's eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark in five of his last six games.
"I'm just getting more opportunities," said Banks. "Coach is calling the plays for me, and Masoli is just finding me open. From there, I'm just able to make some nice catches and get first downs for the team."
The Bombers have generated 71 points off turnovers, which is second only to the Stampeders.
All the action gets going at 7:30, and as always... you can hear it right here on 730CKDM, as we're a proud member of the Blue Bomber Radio Network.